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A little torso piece for Liz.  We’ll be adding a complimentary chest piece in a few months to completely redefine this young lady’s appearance.

A little torso piece for Liz. We’ll be adding a complimentary chest piece in a few months to completely redefine this young lady’s appearance.

Is it possible to hide a vertical labret piercing?
Anonymous

Not 100%, but there’s some great options in glass retainers and textured titanium discs anodized a color close to your lip / skin tone.

What's the Most complicated scarification you've ever done?
Anonymous

Everything is complicated in its own way.  If I had to pick a piece, I’ll pick this one, because it comes with a great story:

This piece is on my dear friend Malcolm.  Malcolm is a talented writer, dancer, philanthropist, and pretty much anything else he puts his mind into.  

Malcolm lost his mother to cancer around the same time he lost his partner of 10+ years, and found comfort and relief in the ideologies of Eastern philosophy (as many people do).  He asked me if I’d be interested in doing this design as a scarification piece, and of course I was more than honored.  I asked if he’d want to do it at a convention appearance I had coming up.  He was all over it.  The convention was about 3 hours from home for us at the time, and Malcolm made plans to come down and get cut.  He had a little trouble getting there, and subsequently arrived a bit late.  With him came a film crew (he was shooting B-roll for promotional content for his book).  Then the stencil machine at the convention was broken, meaning I had to hand stencil this giant piece (which burns up a lot of the stamina in your hands and arms, which are pretty important for, you know, cutting someone).  They also don’t make stencil paper that large, so I had to connect everything and make sure it lined up perfectly.  Then I had to apply the stencil, knowing that if it was messed up in any way, I was most likely going to need to retrace an entirely new stencil.  Luckily, it was perfect on the first shot.  

Then we get Malcolm laid down and I get to start working on him… and people were gathering all around us to watch what was going on.  Hundreds and hundreds of people screeching, shouting, covering their eyes, calling both of us crazy, and so on.  On top of this, there’s two cameras rolling with bright ass lights in my eyes, and we’re fighting the clock to finish this piece before the convention floor closed.  

Luckily, Malcolm is a rock, and was laying there, letting me do my thing, and talking to anyone and everyone who walked by, sharing his story, and listening to everyone else’s.  All this time, his head is resting on a pillow- the same pillow his mother’s head rested on when she took her last breath.  He’s distracting the crowd from bothering me, and his calm spirit in the chaos helped me find the right mindset and keep working.  

Eventually we finished, while the tattoo of the day competition was being judged, and Malcolm got bandaged up, hugged me, and took off.  His piece wasn’t the most technically complicated (I can’t think of which piece was, honestly) but the circumstances were absolutely a potential hell, but thanks to Malcolm, they became a sort of Samsara for both of us.  


Whats the farthest someone has traveled to get work done by you?
Anonymous

About 2,000 miles (4-5 hours by plane).  

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tobiasxva:

Always. What’s up tumblr?

Boredom!

Tumblr, I have a lot of time on my hands. Say hi?

Scar by Richard Effin Ivey.  (please stop posting stuff without credit!! If it’s cool enough to post, it’s cool enough to give the artist credit for it, I swear.)

Scar by Richard Effin Ivey.  

(please stop posting stuff without credit!! If it’s cool enough to post, it’s cool enough to give the artist credit for it, I swear.)

You just posted a guy with a big red beard, so I thought I'd ask, what do you think about Richard Ivey?
Anonymous

luisgpiercing:

richardeffinivey:

luisgpiercing:

Richard is a good friend, like a little brother, so I do not find him attractive.

I also knew he was straight, even when we first started interacting, so my brain automatically turns off any potential attraction, so as not to waste my time.

Thanks? 

Would you rather I said I wanted to bone you? (i just grossed myself out)

Bitch, I might

You just posted a guy with a big red beard, so I thought I'd ask, what do you think about Richard Ivey?
Anonymous

luisgpiercing:

Richard is a good friend, like a little brother, so I do not find him attractive.

I also knew he was straight, even when we first started interacting, so my brain automatically turns off any potential attraction, so as not to waste my time.

Thanks?